CNC Thread Grinder uses linear motors on linear ways.
September 21, 2004 - Featuring full 180° power helix, Model GS:TE-LM enables user to grind threads, splines, key slots, and rings on one machine in single setup. It features mineral-filled, cast polymer base; Fanuc CNC system; and 1/10 micron scale feedback. Smart Spindleâ„˘ technology provides automatic balancing, touch dressing, and part feature locating, while Smart Formâ„˘ technology generates corrected wheel forms for helical path interference and off helix grinding.
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Drake Mfg. Services
4371 N. Leavitt Rd., Dept. 101
Warren, OH, 44485 1147
Drake Unveils Linear Motor Thread Grinder at IMTS
WARREN, OHIOâ€”Unlike the auto industryâ€™s concept cars that rarely go into production, Drake Manufacturing has built, sold, and will show off its â€śconceptâ€ť thread grinder at IMTS. The GS:TE-LM is a full helix thread grinder equipped with a host of advanced machine design and grinding technologies. Drake wants its customers to be able to grind a wide range of threaded, slotted, or otherwise grooved parts on one machine. The Drake Model GS:TE-LM will enable users to:
â€˘ Grind threads, splines, key slots, rings and other forms on one machine in one setup
â€˘ Grind using the latest superabrasives with confidence
â€˘ Optimize the dress and grind process by monitoring acoustical emissions
â€˘ Automatically correct wheel forms for helical path interference or generate forms using standard plated wheels
â€˘ Employ machine operators instead of journeymen machinists
â€˘ Offer their customers high value added grinding services to remain globally competitive
Drake enables its customers to achieve these ends by equipping its external grinder with:
â€˘ Linear motors on linear ways for maximum acceleration and contouring capability with fewer mechanical parts for low maintenance operation
â€˘ Tenth-micron scale feedback for world class accuracy now and after years of operation
â€˘ Drake Smart Spindleâ„˘ technology providing automatic balancing, touch dressing, and part feature locating
â€˘ Drake Smart Formâ„˘ technology that automatically generates corrected wheel forms for helical path interference and off helix grinding or calculates setup parameters for generating desired part feature geometry with a standard wheel form
â€˘ Full 180° Power Helix
â€˘ Mineral filled cast polymer base with excellent thermal stability and vibration dampening
â€˘ High static and dynamic stiffness to aggressively grind with the latest super abrasives
â€˘ State of the art Fanuc CNC system for reliability
â€˘ A lean, clean, ergonomic design and compact footprint for operation in a cell environment
â€śWe wanted to show manufacturers globally what intelligent machine design, coupled with a scientific approach to grinding can do to reduce setup times, improve part quality, and maximize productivity,â€ť said John Drake, CEO. â€śOf course, as a Drake grinder, it will be delivered fully programmed and ready to put our customerâ€™s parts out the door from day one.â€ť
The GS:TE-LM will be of great interest to customers producing taps, multi-start worms, electronic steering components, fast lead ball screws, feed and bone screws, gear boxes, transmissions and speed reducers,â€ť he adds.
Drake Manufacturing designs, builds and services state-of-the-art precision CNC grinding, rack milling and gear hobbing machines that help maximize productivity, improve quality and reduce production costs for a wide variety of demanding applications.